Executive View: Planting in the Ghettos

Executive View/Marshall Loeb

A prominent American revolutionary wears a frayed blue necktie, likes to cuss and preaches a shake-'em-up gospel. "Too many big businessmen are just sitting on their butts!" he thunders. And: ''We talk a lot about human rights, but I don't know of any human right that is more important than a job."

The speaker is William Norris, a Nebraska farmer's son who learned about computers when he was a World War II Navy cryptographer (he helped to break the German code), then sold stock at $1 a share to start Control Data in Minneapolis in 1957. Last year the...

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